In memory of a Sylvania woman who passed away from breast cancer three years ago, friends and family are continuing her legacy of giving back.
Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon battled cancer for 14 years. In that time - and before cancer- she became well known for her big heart and giving back. So when she passed away three years ago, the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund was created and continues to get bigger and better.
For the last three years, an event called "Fashionably Late" was held to raise money that will in turn be donated to local organizations that provide services near and dear to Skeldon's heart. In the last three years, the fund has given out more than $70,000. The latest "Fashionably Late" event raised $25,000.
At Wednesday's "The Big Give," five agencies, including the Toledo Ballet Association's Adaptive Dance Program, Komen Foundation and Make-A-Wish, received grant money.
Skeldon's husband, Phil, is not entirely surprised at how well the foundation has flourished.
"It would be easy for me to say no. But with the impact that Gretchen had on people in this community, I'm not surprised," said Phil Skeldon. "I think she inspired a lot of people and I think the people in her life did not want her memory to fade and this is a way that her legacy lives on, by helping the causes that were near and dear to her heart."
The causes near and dear to Skeldon's heart were helping women with breast cancer, terminally ill children, as well as kids with physical and mental disabilities.
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